Yaadon Ka Idiot Box
Neelesh Misra has become my favorite story teller. He writes so well, and reads it to the listeners so well. Of course I didn’t have a story teller, leave alone a favorite one, for the past 14 years; ever since ‘growing up’ happened, and Grandpa stopped telling me stories. And whenever I insisted, he would tell me that his story basket was empty, and that I had already listened to all his tales, nothing was left. So I read myself stories- champak, chandamama, minabazar, nandankanan, sanskar, gokulam, and many more monthly magazines. Then I promoted myself to reading short story collections by O Henry, Oscar Wilde; Kaleidoscope, and then came Enid Blyton, Nancy Drew, and Heidi; and then full-fledged novels entered my life, which have been with me ever since.
‘Yaad Shehar’- the city of memories. All his stories
are set in this imaginary small town. ‘Baat pe apni hi
I download these stories from YouTube, and listen at my own pace, sometimes twice and thrice. These days I listen to his stories more than music.
Stories are an integral part of my life. I cannot imagine my life without them- be it a 3 page, or a 250 page, or a 600 page one. And being told stories once again, feels special. I love Neelesh Misra for his poignant stories that stay with you and keep you thinking even after the 20 minutes are over. I love his voice itself- the perfect voice of an inborn, master story teller. And I have discovered my liking for the language Hindi. Though I admit I have a weakness for languages and almost every language interests me (and my first love remains English- I express myself best in English), I had never expected to like Hindi so much. He made me fall in love with Hindi, and radio- once again..